Hammond’s Columbia Theater of Performing Arts has opened its doors to thousands of visitors from all around, ages ranging from young to old. All come to see the creative and innovative entertainments that the theater has been providing the public for decades.”Although visitors are overwhelmed with the elegance and grandeur of the theater accompany with the vast amount talent covering many areas of entertainment, the theater has and interesting past”.
According to Columbiatheater.org, The Columbia Theater of Performing Arts was once known as the “The Jewel in the crown, mostly because it was once an old vintage theater that was restored by Southeastern, the City of Hammond and the Hammond Downtown Development District, all had high hopes of expectation for the theater on the benefits it would bring to the city of Hammond in terms of profit and the extreme educational value it would give to the public for a deeper understanding and love for the culture and arts. The opening of the theater was in 1928, with a successful silent film entitle, The Cardboard Lover, starring silent era sweetheart Marion Davies. This successful play was just a small glimpse of the success that the theater would have in its near future. Director Roy Blackburn said,
We are looking forward to bringing more diverse entertainment of art culture to the public of Hammond. The demographic in this area is expanding, and it’s essential to cater to that need. Also it’s important to expand and allow the public the opportunity to explore different cultural art experiences. We have high hopes to see larger crowds of people come out and enjoy the entertainment.
Blackburn is not the only one who has high hopes for the future of the theater. Marian Julliard, resident of Christwood Retirement Home in Covington said,
What a wonderful time my husband and I had at the theater, I did not even know it existed. We love the ballets and contemporary music concerts the offer, and we try to come and enjoy the concert ever time it is performed. It is definitely marked on my calendar every time the Columbia Theater offers those types of performances; it’s just necessary to be there.
The Columbia Theater of performing arts has a lineup of future entertainments, covering areas of dance, classical and contemporary music, theater and much more.
For additional information contact ColumbiaTheater.org